Originally manufactured right here in South Africa (at the world-class Hi-Tech Automotive production facility near Port Elizabeth), the Rossion Q1 is a 2008 sports car from the US car maker Rossion Automotive.
It looks remarkably like a Noble M400, but that’s because it is actually based off that car, the rights for which were acquired by Rossion back in February 2007. The stated goal was to design a completely new car fusing the sporty strengths of the M400 with luxurious appointments.
Production of the Rossion Q1R began in July 2013 which is the track version of the existing Q1 (street) model. Both models are constructed using a complete carbon-kevlar body.
The 2015 Rossion Q1 has a max power of 379 kW at 4700 rpm, with a torque figure of 706 N·m at 4700 rpm. It has a power-to-weight ratio of 487 bhp/ton. It reaches 97 km/h in 2.8 seconds, 160 km/h in 6.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 314 km/h).
The quarter mile is reached in 10.2 seconds 216 km/h. As with the Noble M400, the Rossion uses a mid-mounted, transverse, single turbocharged V6 Ford Duratec engine.
In 2010 the estimated price of one of these brash American speedsters was around R1.2 million (ZAR). Needless to say, thanks to the plummeting Rand, that’s just become a whole lot more expensive!